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Wool Stocktake : Annual Report 2006-07
55 Australian Wool Innovation Limited 2006/07 Continue progress of Sheep Genomics program as informed by mid-term review. Sheep Genomics is proceeding according to the recommendations made in the mid-term review, that is to pursue DNA markers and parasite resistance diagnostics that can be validated and rolled out to industry whilst maintaining capacity in the functional genomics area. Wool hArvesting Target Performance against target Continue ﬁeld trials with remaining UPSPs, with a focus on improving productivity further and lowering build costs. Focus on commercialisation of successful designs. All ﬁeld trails of AWI developed UPSP have been completed. The productivity of the Peak Hill ShearEzy now approaches on the board shearing in large and difﬁcult to shear sheep. Peak Hill Industries has completed the development of a MKIII version of the ShearEzy UPSP. Now at $15,000 for a bare single unit a reduction in technology has seen ahalvingof the previous unit’s cost. This project has also seen the development of a multi-stand trailer mounted system. Now fully commercialized, the system has been demonstrated at a number of ﬁeld days and contractor events. Continue to deliver shearer and wool handler training and resource development initiatives across Australia so as to address the supply and skill levels of wool harvesting labour. Shearer and wool handler training was delivered in all the wool producing states of Australia with AWI funded training reaching 2607 individuals consisting of professional and improver shearers, novice and improver wool handlers and students (Vet in schools workshops). The development and distribution of additional DVD training titles has been completed. As well as the production of three new titles revision occurred to the novice shearer DVD and a promotional DVD was completed. Approximately 5,500 DVD resources have been distributed in 2006/07. Commence ﬁrst stage ﬁltering projects on previously identiﬁed biological and chemical harvesting options. A range of molecules and compounds have been tested via three projects during 2006/07 using four research processes. From this work a small number of interesting compounds have been identiﬁed for further investigation with three showing promise as biological harvesting agents. One very successful trial conﬁrmed that a weakening strategy was practicable with 95% to 98% of ﬂeece being retained after the ﬂeece was weakened below 13N/kt – no retention device used. Develop and commercialise safety devices for handpieces as well as improving handpiece and grinding technology. Project EC855 undertook the development of a dynamic braking deadman switch unit. This project is now on track and has completed the signiﬁcant milestone, proving the technology, and is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2008. Research has been completed into the mechanics of handpiece lockup with the ﬁndings having signiﬁcant implications on safety clutch design and anti-lock motors. No research was done on grinding technology as commercial interests have little incentive to place any developments in to the market place.
AWI Annual Report 2007-08